Save the Date Part 2: Destinations Weddings

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Save the Date Part 2: Destination Weddings

If you're planning a destination wedding here are some do’s and don’ts to help you prepare. Traditionally a destination wedding is focused on a smaller group of close family and friends therefore sending a save the date is a MUST! Especially if you are planning to wed over a holiday where guest will need to plan accordingly. Etiquette time frames for sending out your save the date on a destination wedding should be six months to a year depending on location. When planning make sure you have the date, venue and URL locked in before sending them out. This gives your guest an idea of what to start planning for as far as travel goes. When creating your save the date card you can use elements of design from your wedding theme which can be carried throughout your invitation suite giving your guest a fun teaser of what's to come.

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A save the date should have the date, destination, invitation to follow and a URL. Keep it simple by the way of wording and have fun with the design to get guest excited about the big day.

What details should not be on a save the date?
Do not give too much detail on a save the date card. For example: ceremony details and activities that will be going on during the occasion. You don't want the save the date to be confused with the invitation.

Why is it so important to have a URL?
With a URL you can provide contact information for travel agents/services and hotels so guests can handle their own travel and lodging. It also can be a place of information about your destination and activities so guest can pack appropriately. You can remind guests of passport, visa and other legal requirements and safety concerns if traveling to a foreign country. The URL can be so convenient for continuous updates and important information throughout the months to come.[/one-half]blog quote 2

If you have a whole weekend planned you can say “Save the Weekend”. With a weekend full of activities and events you will need an itinerary with details that your guests can take with them so things stay organized. Your itinerary should be incorporated into your invitation and again this is where you can get really creative and use your destination for inspiration.

With helpful do’s and don’ts you can create a well organized destination wedding that you and your guest will have memories to enjoy for a lifetime!

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Congratulations to Charity Lund, April’s Bride of the Month!

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April 2013: Charity Lund! This month we are excited to feature a bride that we didn't get the chance to highlight a year ago. Charity and Ian’s wedding was such a beautifully stylized event that we wanted to take this month to feature them and show off their gorgeous event, photography and engraved invitations. Charity was gracious enough to share her unique and stylish wedding photos with us. We love how Charity pulled together all of the details to create a dramatic effect. We hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

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Interviewer: We know it’s been a while since your wedding and now that your big day is all through, how has married life been?
Ian: It’s been a challenge having to tolerate someone in between sporting events on the television.
Charity: I love getting to spend life with the best friend I could ever have. When I think about what I want to do on a Friday night, nothing sounds better than being with my hubs. Anything is always that much better with him.
Interviewer: I absolutely love how your invitations turned out. We chose you as the Bride of the Month because we wanted to feature one of our favorite past invitations and couples. Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. I want to hear where you got your inspiration from, how you decided what your invitations would look like, etc.
Charity: For Valentine’s Day, Ian took us to Japan and we spent 10 days together and then I stayed there for an extra three months. Japan celebrates the season of blooming cherry blossoms, which are everywhere, and tie the US and Japan together. Japan gave them as a gift to the US, so it reminds us of our first time travelling together. The colors on the invite were our wedding colors champagne and cornflower blue. The rest we left up to Ann. It’s great to have someone who will interpret a rough idea and turn it into a great invitation.[/one-half-first][one-half]charity picture 2charity picture 3[/one-half]Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Charity: The engraving is great. It’s a technique that is rarely used, but it’s such a beautifully subtle element.
Interviewer: What feature of your invitations have the most people complimented you on?
Charity: No feature in particular, just how nicely they turned out. We got a lot of compliments like “This is the nicest invitation I’ve ever seen.” But, those people probably haven’t been through Ann’s studio, since most of the invitations she creates are that ‘nice.’ Overall, I think the combination of it all. The unique length of the envelopes, the layers and separate pieces coming together like a puzzle. The way it all fit together with the beautiful complimentary colors, font, and artwork probably made one big statement.

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Interviewer: Has anything surprised you about your invitations? Like how your guests responded to them?
Charity: We really just appreciated that everyone loved them so much. They were so well received and it was everything we’d hoped for in something that would announce our unity.
Interviewer: Have you taken any elements from your invitation to use throughout your wedding decor?
Charity: Our invitations were a direct reflection of our wedding. The whimsy of the metallic paper was incorporated into our menus and directional signs. The font had a royal feel to it that went well with the mansion, and cherry blossoms were engraved in the engagement ring. The champagne color was chosen from the wedding dress, and cornflower blue is Ian’s favorite color, both were our wedding colors.
Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event? If so, in what way?
Charity: It definitely complimented the wedding that we wanted to have. If the wedding was a short story of our life together, the invitations were the teaser to the wedding.
Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Charity: Be sentimental. Use experiences you’ve had together to inspire you. Your wedding should be a short story about your life together. Your invitations should be the headline.

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Interviewer: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Charity: It takes two. Ian was more involved than I expected he would be, and they turned out more beautiful than I imagined they would.
Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?
Charity: I didn’t expect so much patience. She gave us so many great options that I felt like she really cared that we loved them and had our best interest in mind.
Interviewer: Is there anything we could have done to make your experience with us better? (Please don’t be shy! We are always looking to improve our clients’ experience with us.)
Charity and Ian: I’m good. Me too!
Interviewer: It was a pleasure working with you both in creating your invitation and letting us share in your wedding!

Wedding Dress & Veil: YSA Makino (Italian Designer) from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Shoes: Cole Haan Nike Air Pumps (heels w/Nike Air)
Flowers: Trifecta Floral
Hair & Makeup: Janae Mechling Johnson Image Studio
Invitations: Ann Elizabeth
Bridals: Location- Wheeler Farm John Paul Photography
Wedding: Photography: AMB Photography
Venue: McCune Mansion
Wedding Planner: Andi Saxton
Cake: Grace Harvell The Graceful Baker


Invitation Etiquette-Who is the Host?

 

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Ever wonder why some wedding invitations start out with the bride and groom’s names printed at the top and other invitations list the parents of the bride at the top?

So what’s the deal... whose names should be printed first?

The answer to that question is the “hosts”

Figuring out who the “hosts” of the wedding are is important for couples to consider when selecting wording. In many cases, the “hosts” of the wedding are the bride’s parents. A major factor of figuring out the “host” is establishing who is shouldering the majority of the financial burden of the wedding.

Some etiquette experts also say that the person listed first on the invitation was tied to whom was “giving” the bride to the groom. (Think... father of the bride walking the bride down the aisle to give the bride away)

The role of “hosts” has typically fallen to the bride’s parents, but now it is not uncommon for multiple sets of parents or the bride and groom themselves to be the “hosts” of the wedding and therefore listed first on the invitation.

It can get tricky when parents and the bride and groom are participating in the finances and even trickier when multiple sets of parents are involved. Use your best judgment on what suits your situation and talk to your family about their preferences.

In any situation, we recommend that the engaged couple be as considerate as possible to those who are helping in the nuptial plans and err on the side of being gracious and appreciate the love and support of your family and friends.

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In the pictures are some examples of the different wording guides you can use. Starting with the top left corner is an example of a hybrid format invitation. This is where you have the bride’s name then the groom’s name, saying along with their parents. Then all parents names starting with the bride’s.

In the top right corner is and example of a parents announcing invitation. Parents announcing format invitation is most common. This is where the bride’s parents are named and then say something to the effect of “are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter” then you have the bride’s name followed by the groom’s name and his parent’s names.

The bottom left corner is an example of Bride and groom announcing invitation. This would be where the bride and groom announce them selves starting with the bride’s name first followed by the groom and saying something like in our example “you’ve shared in our lives with your friendship and love now we invite you to celebrate the beginning of our new life together”.

In the bottom right corner is another example of a hybrid announcement where the bride and groom have named their parents at the bottom of the invitation.

For more details you can refer to our wording guides resource.


Save the Dates, Part 1

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Whether you got engaged over the holidays or just recently on Valentine’s Day, now is the time to start thinking about sending save the dates. So what exactly is a save the date? Simply put, a save the date is a card or postcard mailed to loved ones that indicates these important things:

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Key elements to include as part of your save the date design are:

The Bride and Groom’s names

The date of the occasion

The city and state of the occasion

“Invitation to follow”

A URL for more details

Including a URL is highly recommended because it directs guests to find details like accommodations, maps and other important travel details at your wedding website, rather than needing to include paragraphs of details on the your save the date.

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Not sure when to mail your save the date? Most wedding experts recommend mailing save the dates 6-12 months prior to your wedding date. If your engagement is shorter just be sure to send your save the dates a minimum of four months ahead to allow your guests adequate time to make arrangements.

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Additionally, save the dates aren’t for just weddings - any event where you need to give guests advanced notice is a good opportunity to use a save the date. Consider a save the date for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras, Company Parties, New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Birthdays and any other gathering where lots of planning will go into the event and giving your guests advanced notice will be of benefit.


Utah Bride & Groom Magazine 2013 Issue

It is our honor to be featured in Utah Bride & Groom Magazine’s 2013 issue. We were thrilled to have two of our invitations featured on page 30 in the editorial segment “Personality Type - fun fonts for fashionable couples”, which features unique typesetting, font pairings and font selections. One of our contributions is this floral beauty from our bride, JanEllen Melchior. Utah Bride & Groom Magazine described the fonts we selected for JanEllen as “nostalgic yet modern”. Below is a glimpse of the rest of JanEllen’s beautiful invitations to show off how the whole set came together beautifully as a whole. 

We were also pleasantly surprised to see our plate wrap menu featured on page 50. The idea of having the menu work as a band that wraps over and around the dinner plate was born early in 2012 while collaborating with Jessica White Photography. Below is a look at the pieces we created for the gorgeous ombré styled inspiration shoot photographed by Jessica White. You can view more of the shoot at www.annelizabeth.com

Detail of the front cover And finally, a special shout out to those vendors whose inspiration and talents came together to create the 2013 cover. The cover is a visual icon for the year and it’s worth mentioning the people who brought it together. Congratulations to Marcus Gardner for the wardrobe styling, Versa Artistry for hair and makeup, Honey of a Thousand Flowers for the beautiful bouquet, Alfred Sung, via Lily & Iris for the breathtaking dress, Caterina for the location, and Heather Nan for her gorgeous photography. Kudos on your fabulous work.

2013 Pantone Color of the Year - Emerald Green

Every year there is a lot of anticipation around Pantone's color of the year and we have to admit that this year was no exception. We are excited to show you a few of our favorite things about Pantone's 2013 pick - Number 17-5641 in Emerald Green.

This refreshing choice for 2013 follows last year’s color Tangerine Tango. It’s quality to create a boost of energy helped an economy that needed to recharge and move forward. With a new year full of dreams and goals. Emerald green creates a sense of rejuvenation, balance and harmony. The human eye sees the color green more in the color spectrum than any other color, making this years color great to incorporate into our daily lives through fashion, beauty, home decor and design.

The concept of the Emerald Isle Martini is definitely a favorite around the studio this week. With the simple ingredients and refreshing look, it’s a must have drink for any occasion. We're also loving the bold move of going emerald green for makeup. With all the options you have with eye shadows, liners, mascaras and nail colors, your sure to get noticed. And lastly, all of the gals at Ann Elizabeth are a little ga-ga over how this bride incorporated emerald green into her wedding. The brides maids dresses are elegant yet fun and the bride brings her own pop of color by wearing emerald heels.

Photo Credits, clockwise from top left:

Green Brides Maids Dresses Spindle Photography

Green Petticoat Arabia Weddings

Green Wedding Invitation Suite Design Work LIfe

Martini Yummly

Ring Alson Jewelers

Green Eye Shadow Sephora

Green Ribbon Invitations Olivia Samuel

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A Few Of Our Favorite Things

It's hard to believe the holidays are almost here!  We had such a great time working with clients this year and turning their unique and creative ideas into fabulous holiday items!  Here are a few of our favorite things this season from corporate holiday parties, to tags, family celebrations, and christmas cards!


Congratulations to Michelle McDonald-Ross, November's Bride of the Month!

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November 2012: Michelle McDonald-Ross!

We are so pleased to be sharing Michelle's invitations with you. Michelle came to us with an awesome pinterest board flushed out with lots of inspiration. As we sat down with Michelle and talked about the items she had gathered for inspiration we were able to get a feel for Michelle's laid back attitude and easy-going style. By the end of a very productive consultation the scope of her invitations started to come into focus with a size and shape selected, a color palette nailed down and we figured out the different pieces she would need.

Michelle wanted a chevron pattern as well as an autumn branch, tree or leaf to be incorporated into the design. It was a unique combination and we knew we had our work cut our for us.

Our invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Michelle to get her take on the process. Here are the highlights from our interview!

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The Interview:

Ruth:  One of my favorite things about your invitations was that you challenged us to create an invitation set that had contemporary elements combined with nature elements, what made you decide on those two elements?

Michelle:  I was kind of nervous before meeting with Ann Elizabeth because I knew how I wanted the invitations to feel and I was thinking "how am I going to make these guys understand what I want based on a feeling?" I knew I didn’t want rustic and I didn’t want cold. I was also concerned because people can have different ideas of what natural and modern look like and I wasn’t sure how to explain what I envisioned. It was really good to sit down at the consultation and just rap it out. There really was no specific design in mind when we started; just a vague aloof description of what I wanted them to FEEL like. Letting me talk about what I wanted the invitations to feel like and looking at colors and papers led me to those two main ideas.

Ruth: What helped you know when we got the right combination you were looking for in your design?

Michelle:  When we started the proofing! It was awesome to be able see the different options that Ann came up with based on our consultation. I was able to be selective and let Ann know what I liked and didn’t like. The visualization process worked. For example, I had initially wanted a die-cut leaf for the front of the invitation, but once I saw it in proofs, I realized it wasn’t right for what I wanted. As things started to narrow down to the final decision I was like that’s it!

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Ruth: What is your favorite part of the invitations?

Michelle:  It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing because I like that it’s a whole package and everything works together. If I have to pick out a few favorites, I do really like the envelopes liner. I think it’s just a cute detail. I had also forgotten that we picked a textured paper for the wrap and when we got them I thought they were even better than what I remembered from the computer proof.  I like the string tied around the outside as well. It makes the invitation interactive and a fun experience for the guest. Guests want to feel like they’ve been invited to something special and I really feel like my guests got to experience that with the invitation that I sent them.

Ruth:  Have you had any feedback from your family and friends?

Michelle: Yes, A friend of mine in London said “this is the most beautiful thing that I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.” We also received a lot of comments about the RSVP. Everyone though it was fun and showed a little of our personality.

Ruth:  Did the invitation process help set the tone for any other parts of your wedding?

Michelle: It’s funny because we ended up changing our wedding completely during the time that we were working with Ann Elizabeth. We initially had a bigger event planned at LuLand Falls that included a caterer, florist and all of the more traditional elements. It started not being fun I realized my event wasn’t looking like me anymore and we cancelled all of the traditional stuff and reworked our wedding to be a really small, special ceremony with close friends and family outside and then a celebration dinner at snowbird. Once I made those changes I got excited about getting the wedding that wanted.
Going through the invitation process was part of the catalyst that helped me decide I needed to rework things. The invitation process was more relaxed and fun. I wanted everything to feel that way. The invitation helped me to define what I wanted the wedding to feel like.

 

Ruth: How was your experience working with the Ann Elizabeth team?

Michelle: Great! I really didn’t know what I wanted and I was amazed with the proofing process all the different ideas Ann came up. You guys really listened to my vague vocalizations and were able to manifest them into the perfect invitation. Even my parents and Bill had fun going through the process with me and it was fun to get their opinions about the process. Most of all I love the end product.

Michelle pays it forward:

Ruth: Do you have any advice for any newly engaged ladies getting ready to plan their events?

Michelle: Listen to your instincts.  If you like something and it feels right build on that even if it’s vague and hazy at first. Try to be vocal with the wedding professionals helping you so they can guide you by asking the right questions to ultimately help you have the most enjoyable experience. Start building a selection of images that appeal to you. In situations where words fail, images will speak.

 

Thanks Michelle! We had a great time working with you.

For all of our pinterest fans, here's your pinnable.

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Ann Elizabeth joins Salesforce.com in support of "Light the Night" Walk

Ann Elizabeth was proud to participate in last weekend's "Light the Night" Walk sponsored by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ann Elizabeth walked with the Utah Salesforce.com team in support of "Team Lynn" - a co-worker currently battling cancer.

Participants carried illuminated balloons and wore LED necklaces during the 1.5 mile walk held after dark in Utah's Sugar House Park on October 13th, 2012. The event raised more than $234,000 dollars to fight Luekemia and give hope to people battling blood cancers.

Thank You to the Salesforce.com Utah team for supporting a worthy cause. Ann Elizabeth was proud to walk with your team in support for a cure.

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3 reasons to consider a Thanksgiving card instead of a Christmas card

"What the heck is a Thanksgiving card?" you might ask. Well, let us explain.

Just like a Christmas or Holiday card, a Thanksgiving card is meant as a token of appreciation to clients, friends and family as the year draws to a close. Thanksgiving cards are mailing in advance of Thanksgiving and feature a seasonal, fall greeting. Whether it be business or personal, the intent of any type of seasonal greeting cards is a reminder to those you care about that they are important. Getting in the habit of including a seasonal card in your yearly routine is key to keeping in touch with your most important peeps.

So, why send a Thanksgiving card instead of a Holiday card? Here are our top 3 reasons:

3: BEAT THE RUSH! Oh sure, it's just early October now but it will be December before you know it. Thanksgiving cards are mailed prior to Thanksgiving, so when everyone else is scrambling you can sit back and relax knowing you've already got it covered!

 

2: STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD. What do you do with the seasonal cards you receive at home or at work? My guess is that you display them somewhere in view. A Thanksgiving card goes the extra mile because it will be a prominent part of that display all the way through the end of November and clear through December. Yeah, baby, that's working it!

 

1: SAVE YOUR CASH! Most companies offer incentives and early bird discounts in October on seasonal cards. Use the discounts to order a Thanksgiving card and put the rest of the cash toward a fun holiday party.

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So whether you decide to send a Thanksgiving card, A Holiday Greeting or even a Happy New Year Card, make sure your card stands out from the estimated 7 billion greeting cards that will be sent this year.* Regardless of the type of card you choose your recipient will surely appreciate the thought that went into the gesture.

Interested in checking out some Thanksgiving cards? Click here to view our easy to order, pre-designed collection.

 

 

*According to the National Greeting Card Association

 

Here's your pinnable for the day.